Monday 29 April 2013

Bistecca – Tuscan Steakhouse in Mohamed Sultan District

It has become a tradition for Little Devil ('LD') and I to celebrate our special days in a Steakhouse. I celebrated mine in Wooloomooloo November last year (click here for the review). So this time around, after scouring the net, we decided on Bistecca – Tuscan Steakhouse.

As it was a weekday, reservation was a breeze. I actually gave them a called to inform them in advance of this special is my LD's birthday. Nestled in Mohamed Sultan buzzing row of houses, finding parking can be quite troublesome. The best part, I did not notice that Bistecca provided a Valet service on Wednesday to Saturday from 6 pm onwards. So silly me, we ended up parking in UE Square, walking quite a distance from the car park to the restaurant.

We were seated on the indoor front section of the restaurant, where we can see the bar and chefs at work. The restaurant has a nice classy dark oak wooden setting, with dim lighting and leather chairs. A painting of a lady with two buffalo feature prominently in the centre of the restaurant. We were quite lucky that the manager actually look after our table, so service was great throughout the evening.

To kick start this special occasion, we started with our favourite drinks, Lemon Lime and Bitters. A drink that we fell in love with when we are in Melbourne, it is difficult to find this drink in Singapore but recently it is getting more popular and we are so glad.

Lemon Lime and Bitters

Following the drinks, we have our starters; Insalata di pomodori, burrata, prosciutto e rucola (Creamy burrata cheese, sweet parma ham, Momotoro tomatoes and rocket with italian dressing -$18) & Crostini fritti di fegatini alla toscana (Lightly pan-fried Tuscan country bread topped with house made chicken liver ‘pate’ and fresh majoram - $15).

Insalata di pomodori, burrata, prosciutto e rucola

Burrata with parma ham has become our favourite entree. As long as the burrata is fresh, nothing can go wrong with this entree. All the ingredients here are fresh combined, mixed in fresh tomatoes and balsamic vinegar it is just refreshing and appetizing. The crispy crostini create a nice complement to the smooth and creamy chicken pate.

 Crostini fritti di fegatini alla toscana

For the mains, we ordered medium rare Costata (1-1.2kg bone in rib eye of Bistecca’s exclusive organic grain fed Wagyu - Holstein. Marble score 6+, aged - $178). The sides accompanying the steak are Gratin di patate ai funghi porcini (Potato gratin with porcini mushrooms - $14) & Crema di spinaci (Creamed baby spinach - $15). The sauces selection are salsa verde, garlic mayonnaise, Porcini mushroom, and red pepper / tomato compote (our ketchup) + mustards.

Costata (1.2kg Rib Eye)

The sauces

The steak has a nice balance of meat and fats are cooked to perfection. It has a nice charred on the outside that seal the juice inside the meat, and perfect medium rare on the inside. On a first bite, it is beautifully tender and slowly melts in your mouth. Any sauce you choose will go nicely with the steak, I preferred the garlic mayonnaise and salsa verde. My secret weapon to tackle this huge steak is lemon. A little bit of lemon juice will help to cut through the fats of the meat and avoid you being overwhelmed by the fattiness.

Crema di spinaci

The creamy spinach is not to my liking, as it is creamy, mushy and a bit bland. However my LD enjoy it, so it is fine by me. The potato gratin has a nice texture of crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, with a nice potato and porcini flavour.

patate ai funghi porcini

After all the food, we only left a little space for dessert. So we decided on Zuppa di rabarbaro e fragole con gelato allo yougurt (Rhubarb and strawberry “soup” with natural yogurt ice-cream - $12). The staff manage to put a candle on the ice cream and it become my wife official birthday “cake”. Although the rhubarb and strawberry “soup” looks like a baby food, it tasted refreshing and wonderful. It has rhubarb sweetness, strawberry sourness and the creamy yogurt ice cream just blend in nicely together. The dessert is on the house and what a way to end a nice evening. Yummyy!!

 Zuppa di rabarbaro e fragole con gelato allo yougurt

Overall, dining in Bistecca was a wonderful experience. Service was great and we won't hesitate to recommend this place for steak to our friends. Price is on the upside, however you are paying for quality. We'll be back for more in the future. Saluti e arrivederci !! (Cheers & See you again!!)

Food & Drink: 8.5/10
Value: 8/10
Service: 8.5/10
Ambiance: 8.5/10

25 Mohamed Sultan Road
Singapore 238969

Tel: 6735 6739
Op Hours:
Tue – Sun: 12.00 – 14.00; 18.00 – 22.00
Free Valet Parking on Wed – Sat, 6pm onwards.
Instant Reservation, Menu and Wine List available on the website

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